There is an ancillary but major concern that must be noted. The Massachusetts throuple’s aspiration to have one child for each, though oddly dissimilar to how couples of any orientation generally think, and Crystal Kelley’s saga, are both telling from the reproductive practices in question – the commodification of children and women’s wombs. Rather than being the result of the natural function of human bodies, children in a world of IVF, surrogacy, and same-sex unions are treated as high luxury goods that can be bought for the price of renting a woman’s body when an adult feels “ready.” This reality should not be overlooked.
Our arrival into Plato’s republic is not imminent within the next generation or two. What is imminent, however, has begun. Governments in the West have strengthened their hand over their citizenry while bonds that hold together members of families (as well as religious organizations, local communities, and labor unions, to name a few) have all frayed. To believe this not to be an accident is not a fringe opinion but, rather, grounded in the writings of one of our civilization’s foundational thinkers. The trend itself will continue, but has now changed from a vehicle of the welfare state to sexualized social causes, equipped with scientific procedures, that seek to alter our conceptualization of family itself. The success of this movement represents one step closer to a Platonic reality where family is dispersed into the collective and the State silently vanquishes its chief rival in becoming the Lord of All.
Robert Vega works at the U.S. House of Representatives and serves as the co-ordinator of Young Adult ministry at a parish in Washington, DC. He graduated Harvard Law School in 2011.